Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Hike Along The Brooks Esker

Not long ago, during one of those picture perfect weekends that we've, rather infrequently had here on the mid-coast, my faithful companion Ray and I hiked a portion of The Brooks Esker Trail. 

Driving in to the trail head you realize why it was named as it is. The access road actually runs along the top of a long gravel sand bar, the esker, that was formed during a past ice age.

The land that the trail is located on is private property with the accompanying signs of private ownership, meaning locked gates. But don't be deterred, the owner of the property allows public access and your rewards will be many.

The "trail" is actually a gravel road that follows along the shoreline of Ellis Pond.

It's a lovely, shaded walk with easy footing accompanied by the sounds of an occasional loon and the fragrance of evergreens.

 But be alert as this property is a working forest with evidence of that work deposited at various intervals along the trail.

There are plenty of opportunities for a thirsty and hot labrador retriever to get a drink or a quick swim.

It's roughly a 2 mile walk into Halfmoon Pond but Ray and I began to hear the sounds of wood harvesters up ahead. Deciding not to intrude on their operations we stopped at about the half way point, a small, somewhat worn torn, work bridge that spans a small brook.

On the way back to the parking area we took a small trail that shoots off from the woods road. With it's carpet of soft needles dropped by a large gnarly, weathered pine tree, the scene could be ripped from a Robert Frost poem. 

In an open area we came across a small berry patch with a few blackberries still on the vine in various stages of ripening.

A lovely hike and highly recommended..


  1. I agree.
    Mike please tell me you dropped a fly in that stream.

    1. Not this time Alan. I have in the past and only caught a few chubs..I'll give it another shot just before the season closes this fall..thanks

  2. Beautiful area with some inviting waters to cast a fly in---it is a shame there is timber being cut in this area. thanks for sharing

    1. It's very nice smallmouth fishing and pleasant canoeing..the owner of the property does great managing the's been select harvested for a long time..thanks Bill

  3. Interesting hike- I think we tried to find that a long time ago and failed.

    1. You and Kelley should give it another shot..well worth it..thanks